John Severson: smile, you're founding surf culture

"John Severson's Surf" is a must-have surf book. The man who founded Surfer Magazine in 1960 has released an impressive curated collection of photos, cartoon sketches and short articles that reveal the birth of the surfing culture.

Waves and stunts are not enough to describe the history of surfing. John Severson was born in Los Angeles, back in 1933. In the first two decades of his life, painting and drawing played a significant role in his daily routine.

In 1958, while in the Army, he started surfing big waves and entered the surf film business with "Surf," "Surf Safari," "Surf Fever," "Big Wednesday" and "Pacific Vibrations."

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Kelly Slater: from surf leashes to headphones

Is Kelly Slater ready to be the next global pop star? The surfer from Florida has released "Feelin' The Feelings," a song that will break the heart of his female fans.

We knew that Kelly Slater enjoyed playing the guitar. In the last two decades, he made friends in the pop-rock music scene - Eddie Vedder, Jack Johnson, Jimmy Buffett, and Angus Stone are only a few examples. Once in a while, Slater also joins random jam sessions all over the world.

But lately the world surfing champion seems to be taking music seriously. With an open account on Youtube/VEVO and iTunes, Slater is ready for new stages and indoor applause.

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John John Florence: fired up at Lowers | Photo: ASP/Rowland

The quarterfinalists of the Hurley Pro at Trestles 2014 have been decided. John John Florence delivered a fantastic spectacle of contemporary surfing.

The Hawaiian, 21, pocketed a near-perfect two wave total of 19.73 in the Round 4 heat against Adriano de Souza and Kelly Slater, with a set of 180-degree carves, and flawless aerials.

"I'm really grateful for the chance to skip a round because it's hard work out there. The waves are solid here this year, and it's exhausting. I was pretty focused in that heat. I was fortunate enough to be on some really well-shaped waves that allowed me to open up and perform," expressed John John Florence.

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